By PROSPER MAKENE

IN a bid to increase a number of trained experts in the transport and logistics industry, the National Institute of Transport (NIT) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Simba Supply Chain Solution (SSCS) to collaborate in training on supply chain, engineering and transport logistics operations.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held in Dar es Salaam on Friday, NIT Rector, Prof Zacharia Mganilwa and SSCS Chief Executive Officer, Hussein Dewji said the MoU will help improve professionalism in transport industry.

Prof Mganilwa said that through the deal, Simba Supply Chain Solution will provide practical training to NIT students hence graduating as competent professionals ready to serve the market.

“The objective of this MoU is to promote mutual relationship between NIT and SSCS in enhancing skills development for students and staff in areas of logistics operations, supply chain, engineering and ICT related operations and management,” Prof Mganilwa said.

The NIT Rector disclosed eleven areas of collaboration as an internship for students, staff training and fieldwork placement for students, visiting professionals for SSCS, Industrial / Study visits as well as an industrial attachment for staff.

He named other areas that the MoU will work on, as research and consultancies, provision of driving training to SSCS, staff/capacity-building for drivers (SSCS), capacity building in vehicle maintenance, freight clearance and forwarding and logistics as well as supply chain management.

“Through the MoU, NIT will assist SSCS in the diffusion of communication and employment offers as well as participating in events organized by the two parts including seminars, conferences and workshops,” Prof Mganilwa said.

NIT Rector Prof Zacharia Mganilwa (C) shares a light moment with SSCS Chief Executive Officer Hussein Dewji (R) shortly after NIT and SSCS ink a cooperation deal in Dar es Salaam on Friday. Looking on Left is SSCS General Manager Ajuaye Msese. 

He added: “The Simba Supply Chain Solution professionals will be involved in training programmes at the National Institute of Transport’s discretion.”

Speaking at the sideline of the event, SSCS General Manager Ajuaye Msese said: “With this MoU, our company agreed to provide internships, fieldworks, specific modules for visiting professionals, study visits and industrial attachment for staff and students.”

The GM added: “We have also agreed to advise students of any known policies, procedures and requirements of the internship, fieldwork, study visits and industrial attachment for staff as specified by the NIT.”

He also said that the agreement will last for an initial period of five years.

On his part, the SSCS CEO Hussein Dewji said that through the MoU, Simba Supply Chain Solution will provide excellence awards to the best performers who graduated from automobile, transport and logistics, clearing and forwarding as well as trucks drivers.

Dewji also said: “We have decided to enter into an agreement with NIT after considering that our company has more than 300 employees with 60% being drivers who are a product of NIT.”

He added: “As a result of this, our company has entered into cooperation agreements in a variety of areas including research, practical training for students and facilitation training for academic staff.”

“This partnership aims to bridge the knowledge gap in the entire value chain in the transport sector as well as increase productivity and efficiency in operations and thereafter increase revenues to our institutions and country as a whole,” he said.

However, NIT’s Rector underscored that the MoUs that his Institution signed are part of fulfilling the objectives of the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP).

“These partnerships have been made possible with support from the EASTRIP Project as we are now transforming our School of Aviation and Technology into the Centre of Excellence in Aviation and Technologies in Tanzania and the region,” he said.

“Just in one year from August 2020 and August 2021, we have established over 13 MoUs as a move to improve the learning skills in accordance with the market demand.”

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